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Orkney Operational Conditions
Introduction to Orkney
Orkney has a history of wind energy technology dating back to the 1950s when the first large-scale electro-aerogenarator was installed on the islands. This expanded to wave and tidal energy when in 2000 it became the base for the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), which was established to help the evolution of marine energy devices from the prototype stage into the market place. Since then the Pelamis wave energy converter, operating 2km off the west coast of the Orkney mainland, produced the first grid electricity from an offshore device and last year Europe’s first tidal energy device, the Open Centre Turbine, was installed at EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site. This quiet energy revolution has led to the point where Orkney gets around 50 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, where 150 people are directly employed in renewables-related jobs and a further 100 have a significant renewables role.
Interactive Map of Selected Aquatera Projects in Orkney
Key to Map Pins

  = Strategic Planning

  = Public and Stakeholder Communications;

= Environmental Assessment and Surveying

  = Integrated Renewables Suport

  = Multiple project types at one lat/long coordinate (or for a single project: Unassigned project type)

  = Partner Organisation

How to Use

• Hover over a map pin to view project title.

• Single-click on a map pin to view a brief project overview, with a link to a more detailed project summary.

• Use the [+] and [-] buttons to zoom in and out and the arrow keys to navigate.

(Alternatively, the hand cursor can be used to navigate by 'grab and drag').

• Three view types are available:

 - [Map] for Google Map view;

 - Satellite] for satellite image;

 - [Hybrid] for a combination of Satellite and Google Map.

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Operational Conditions information also available for the following regions:

Aquatera Ltd, Stromness Business Centre, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AW, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1856 850 088, E-mail:

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